Ending HamMUN Productively!

The fellow delegates of the Human Rights Council held opening statements on the second topic of discussion: Equal participation in political and public affairs. The delegate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stated how important she finds the equality between women and men. Everyone giggled, its find if you did too. The delegates all hope to achieve a resolution on the topic in this very little time, good luck!

They started to work on a working paper. They only worked on one, so i guess thats good…? The delegates worked together on forming the resolution in order to meet everyone’s approval.

But the delegate of Hungary is strongly against the working paper. He was the only one. He pointed that the clauses are mostly on and for women. Lastly they finally felt they were ready to end the debate, and so they did! Even though there were 14 clauses to be agreed upon separately, the voting process went quite quickly and the resolution was passed! Even though there were 14 clauses to be agreed upon separately, the voting process went quite quickly and the resolution was passed! Congratulations delegates, you defined all odds!

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United Power at UNFCCC!

The UNFCCC is very happy to announce that the vote for draft resolution 1.3 on the topic of Climate Change Education has passed. The delegations of the UNFCCC, which were kind of departed in two camps earlier, have worked really hard on a compromise that is accepted by all delegations. During a really productive unmoderated caucus they united their power and created a draft solution that combines both earlier introduced ones.

The final resolution encourages the further development of existing education methods and the education on preventative and reactive actions and calls upon states to adopt culturally-sensitive education methods. It also recommends to increase the awareness of climate change and its impacts using different communication channels as well as social media and furthermore emphasises the use of funding. It was very inspiring to see, that in the end all delegation focused on finding a compromise in order to frame a resolution that is considering and respecting multilateral demands. All delegations – except of the United States of America – voted for the draft resolution in a vote by roll call – special thanks to the delegation of Uzbekistan.

Looks like all the hard work, the discussions, caucuses and points of anything have provided a common consensus, which often does not happen in other committees. Also, it is to be emphasised that all delegates have improved during the sessions, improved themselves to stand up, speak up and be the change!

Quality of Evidence Classified Differently…

During yesterday afternoon´s session of the International Court of Justice the judges had to decide about the evidence presented by the applicant’s advocates concerning the case of Croatia against Serbia. The evidence was rated quite differently by the judges. It ranged from dismissing some evidence up to a rating as high level evidence. One piece of evidence was dismissed, because it was part of a study guide from another Model United Nations. Furthermore the judges had to dismiss a document, since it was related to the Bosnian-Croatian conflict. Also a further piece of evidence could not convince the judges, due to the fact that it was written in Serbian language, which meant the judges were unable to understand it. Furthermore another piece was dismissed, since it was a statement of law and therefore it was impossible to weigh it like other evidence. Nevertheless the advocates also presented some evidence, which was rated as high by the judges. First of all a report by Amnesty International was classified as high-level evidence, due to the details mentioned in it and since the NGO is considered as being a reliable source. Last but not least a Security Council resolution was classified as high quality evidence.

Uncertainty in UNSC…

What I love about this committee is that its small and cozy. They don’t have a million different opinions. Maybe one delegate stands out, but at least they can get on the same page, or not…? I’m just kidding, this committee fell into a deep, uh, pile of mess. While trying to solve the situation in Yemen, which got even more complicated because of the issues that happened in  real life Yemen since Friday night, the delegates spent their long Saturday of unmoderated caucuses not agreeing on anything. They debated every single small point but got nowhere. They were still working on the working paper. Honestly, why try? The current events caused chaos to this council and no one had a clue on what to do.

Except the delegate of China. He was happy. He thought it was helping the debate. The delegate of China was actually pretty active. Delegates believe he is trying to be a dictator. Calm it, china! He accused the delegates of USA, UK, France and Japan of having a big plan of a military intervention. Cool. Rumours were getting around about a possible Bromance between the delegates of the UK and France. Care to confirm? The delegates have worked on two working papers and there is a chance to merge them in their next session. On the upside is that one of them is short and should get the council to close the topic. Unless China vetoes again.

“Its Getting Bloody” in HRC But There is a Happy Ending!

After working on the resolutions and positions and statements being changed – not ignoring the fact that the sponsors didn’t get back to the signatories on any changes – the delegates grew impatient. Fire broke in the Human Rights Council. Delegates started to feel like the discussion was starting to go in another direction and becoming unprofessional. Tunisia got personal; “Delegates, why did you forget Tunisia?” During the unprofessional discussions and debate on the different resolutions; may I be clear that they should be different, accusations of plagiarism arose. Motions on moderated caucuses regarded the subject of copy-right were requested, especially by the delegate of china in which a chair found it interesting that its coming from china. After discussions in Unmods and the helpful refuel of coffee, delegates tried to reach peace between each other and reestablish the first Resolution with an addition of a new amendment that is about internet or something. I was personally lost because at first i thought they weren’t serious on the topic and it was brought randomly. But the amendment wasn’t agreed upon which brought the while thing back to square one, ugh. After a while, a resolution was formed and there was finally, yes FINALLY, a vote on the resolution to the topic, which I ran to with every breath I had and burning every last drop of coffee in my system. Thankfully the voting succeeded with the majority voting ‘for’ every clause. Funny was that the votes wouldn’t add up to the number of the delegates present. The poor chairs had to count again and again. They actually checked attendance and did a head count. The troll must really be happy! Thankfully though, he/she ended up voting in the last vote regarding the whole resolution, and finally the case is closed! Congratulations delegates!

UNFCCC getting down to business!

The delegates of the UNFCCC have finally come down to business – THANK GOD.

Felt like they took the saying “the way is the goal” slightly too seriously, but there is still hope that they will eventually get over the education topic and come to the one that is possibly the more “urgent” one as Small Island Developing States are already facing the impacts of climate change in their everyday life.

There are two draft resolutions provided, that still have to pass the undeviating eyes of the committee, but anyways they will hopefully lead the delegations to a common resolution that everybody seconds.

The main substances of the two submitted draft resolutions are:

The first one, sponsored by Canada, Korea, Maldives, Russian Federation and Spain, mainly promotes the creation of a global pool of research and knowledge program compiled by climate change experts, scientists and sociologists from every member state. It also emphasises the concept of equal participation on an eye-level concerning the issue of knowledge distribution.

Draft resolution two, sponsored by Chile, France, Germany, Iraq, Lithuania, New Zealand, Switzerland, “recommends the creation of a committee composed of impartial global research to overview and supervise the authorisation for funding from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for individuals and Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) due to their contribution to climate change education to support regional actors”. Also, it points out the approach of encouraging governments to include climate change as a mandatory topic to schools and universities.

During the sessions and breaks as well as at the legendary delegate ball where delegates were still discussing instead of dancing their asses off, it became quite clear, that everybody just wants to find a common consensus which will hopefully happen, ASAP!

 

 

Success in the IAEA!

After some hard negotiations, the delegates of IAEA tried to find a compromise and merged different working papers so that the draft resolution 1.3 could be introduced to the house yesterday. The sponsors of the Resolution (Denmark, Germany, Philippines, Turkey, The United Kingdom, United States of America, and Ghana) saw it necessary  to promote higher nuclear security standards in different member states. The delegate of Turkey welcomed the establishment of a policy team, with different subsections located all over the world, which shall respond to any nuclear incidents. Russia supported Turkey´s position and was glad to realise that a compromise had been reached. During this morning´s debate Germany emphasised the close cooperation between Germany and Russia, while negotiating about the draft resolution. In the end no delegations wished to speak against the draft resolution. Before voting procedure an unmoderated caucus “Applying Band-Aid to the draft resolution” was introduced by the chairs, since some formatting was required. The voting process was subject to several motions, starting with a motion to vote clause by clause, brought forward by the delegate of the United Kingdom. Afterwards a motion to adopt the resolution by acclamation followed. Then Great Britain brought forward a further motion for a vote by roll call. In the end the delegates had to vote clause by clause, followed by the roll call vote. All clauses passed a number of them unanimously. In the end with 29 votes in favour and two against the resolution passed.